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12 August 2009 :: 00:08:26 am 8800

Police Crackdown On Loan Sharks In Pattaya And Sriracha

Pattaya, August 11,[PDN]: A police team from the Crime Suppression Division, have announced a successful crackdown on illegal money lenders and their network of operations in the areas of Banglamung and Sriracha.
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Previously, on the 18th July 2009, the Crime Suppression Division had seized numerous bank books and car ownership documents, with a value of over 20 million baht, when they swooped on a gang of illegal money lenders in Ayuthaya. The gang leader Mr. Bordin or Seah, (30) managed to escape.

As a follow up to the case, at 11.30 am on 11th August, Pol. Col. Aukaradetch Pimonsri, from the Crime Suppression Division and his team of 50 officers, were separated into 2 groups, to continue their search for Mr Bordin and his network operation in the areas of Banglamung and Sriracha.

In the Banglamung area, the team, led by Pol. Lt. Col. Niran Pitagart, searched a house, 3/26 Moo. 2, Takientia, Banglamung and found 20 men, most of them from the U-Taithani province together with more than 10 motorbikes. They also found a list of names of over 400 borrowers with interest rates of 20%. For the hapless borrowers if the interest is not paid, it would be added on to the capital borrowed and interest would then be charged on top of the interest owed. Most of the borrowers were from the areas of Chonburi, Rayong, Chantaburi, Samutprakan, Ladkrabung, Borwin, Banbung and Grabinburi. Police took all the items as evidence.

Police questioned Miss Natruja Pomkum, (32), from U-Taithani, who admitted to being the caretaker of the operation, saying that she had recently bought the business in the last 4-5 months from Mr. Bordin, but there was only 7.000- 10.000 baht now in circulation. Miss Natruja continued by saying that the majority of her clients were small business owners and street vendors who have had cash flow problems.

Pol. Col. Aukaradetch, revealed that the police had received numerous complaints from the victims of the loan sharks, and found that Mr. Bordin has criminal record connected with a murder, but the case was dismissed, as it is believed he has a top local politician and powerful investors to support him. Mr. Bordin is still at large.

In Sriratcha, the other team of police, found 7 guns and 700 names of borrowers.

Previously on 1st July at 12.00pm in Sriratcha, police arrested Mr. Rangsit Paneua, (20) and his wife Miss Kulradee Sainak, (25), both from Chanthaburi, in possession of two guns and several bullets, 14.400 baht in cash, ID cards, House registration papers and letters to accept debt and agreements, totaling 257 documents. Also in their possession, were 25 bank books belonging to Mr. Narong Ratchwongsa, 8 account books, 2 mobile phones, name cards to advertise their business, offering fast money and most importantly, they found 60 plastic envelopes containing letters to condemn the borrowers publicly if they did not pay up on time .

On the night before, the police had received a report that a house of one of the victims had been shot at by Mr. Rangsit, the daily debt collector. He was charging 2% interest per day and the victim was unable to pay.

Mr. Narong Ratchwongsa is still on the run.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Crime News

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